“I am very sad to inform you of the sudden death last month of Chwee Lim, my course mate and good friend from the part-time Executive MBA programme 1992-94 at Imperial Business School, back when it was located at Prince’s Gate.
"Chwee grew-up in Malaysia and studied accountancy at Aberdeen University. She worked in the Finance Department at British Rail, then, after privatisation of the UK rail industry, she moved to Railtrack, where she was Financial Controller for Property Development. In 1998, a few years after successfully completing her MBA, Chwee moved to Sydney Australia where she worked first for Australian Freight Railways and then spent fourteen years with Sydney Water, working on investment appraisal, regulatory finance and pricing.
"She was an exemplar of life-long learning and in 2019 had completed a second Masters Degree in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, while continuing to work full-time. And, as well as English, she was fluent in Malay and several Chinese dialects.
"Those who were privileged to have known Chwee will remember her fierce intellect and boundless energy, coupled with a friendly, kind and generous approach to life. And her warm smile and sense of fun. She made many lasting and deep friendships with those she worked with across the globe, and as a leader was highly respected and liked by the people she managed. She will be greatly missed."
Chwee is survived by Kevin Warrell, her husband of 23 years, and their daughter Natasha.
Written by fellow alumnus Dr Peter Vaughan (Executive MBA 1994)